Physical rehabilitation refers to a process aimed at removing – or reducing as far as possible – restrictions on the activities of people with disabilities and at enabling them to become more independent and to enjoy the highest possible quality of life in physical, psychological, social, professional and spatial terms.
The physical rehabilitation activities of the ICRC can be traced back to the Second World War and the institution has been actively building physical rehabilitation centres (PRCs) in the last 30 years. The primary aim of this handbook is to provide support for all those who are involved in the building or renovation of a PRC operated by, or with the support of, the ICRC. It may also be of use for those interested in the ICRC’s construction activities. Its subject is the development of an architectural programme for a PRC.